Fire in Forgiveness

Fridays: The Gospels
Matthew 18:21-35

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Parts of words have fire in them. The key to today’s reading comes from the word “forgive.” The word has the root, “give” and the prefix, “for.” The prefix comes from the Latin foris meaning “outside.” Those who speak Spanish will recognize the word fuera, which has the same meaning.

What does “forgive,”mean? Simply this. Take the feelings of pain, resentment, frustration, sadness, fear, etc., which are associated with what someone did to you, and “give them outside yourself.” This is a slightly more complicated way of saying, “Let go.” It means that I will no longer allow the other to have power over me by the resentment that lingers all too long in my heart. In this sense, forgiveness has nothing to do with whether the other has apologized or not; that too makes my serenity depend upon the other. Forgiveness is up to you, prompted by the grace of God.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
Always open to forgive v. 22
You forgiving all my sins v. 32
From my heart, forgiving all v. 35
Letting go and letting God

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This is the thirteenth and last week in Pentecost, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
We continue reading the Gospel of Matthew.

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